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The Eurovision Song Contest 1989 was the 34th edition held on 6 May 1989 at the Palais de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland following Celine Dion's victory in Dublin the previous year.  It was hosted by Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux.

An estimated 600 million viewers across Europe watched the contest, also airing in Canada and Japan for the first time.

Cyprus returned after a year's absence, and all 21 nations from 1988 returned to compete for the 1989 Grand Prix.

A change was introduced to the tiebreaker rules in this year's contest. Known as the "count-back" procedure, if two countries were tied for first place, the song with the most 12-point scores would win. If still tied, the 10-point scores would be taken into account and so on down to the 1-point scores. If still tied after that, both countries would be confirmed as joint winners.

Yugoslavia was the winner with the song Rock Me by the group Riva, beating the United Kingdom by 7 points.  They would be the last new nation to win the contest until 2001.

Many countries did their best in 1989. Austria equaled their best result since their first win in 1966; Finland fell one place short of equaling their best entry before beating it in 2006. Despite the controversy surrounding the competitor's age, France did well finishing in 8th place. Greece placed inside the top ten for the first time since 1981, whilst Riva of Yugoslavia proved that the last spot was the luckiest to be, with the spot winning twice in the 1980s.

Incidents

France and Israel both picked young competitors to perform their songs. 12-year-olds Nathalie Pâque of France and Gili Netanel of Israel were considered "underage" by the other competitors, however, Israel's song Derech Hamelech was one of the favorites to win the contest, despite having the unlucky second place in the running order.

Riva, despite being the winners of the contest, were quite unpopular across Europe, with "Rock Me" failing to sell in many countries, and wasn't even released in some. Terry Wogan, the commentator for the United Kingdom, called it "the death knell" for the Contest.

Gallery

Participants

Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 Flag of Italy Italy Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali Avrei Voluto Italian I would have wanted 9 56
02 Flag of Israel Israel Gili Netanel & Galit Burg Derech Hamelech Hebrew The king's road 12 50
03 Flag of Ireland Ireland Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers The Real Me English -- 18 21
04 Flag of the Netherlands The Netherlands Justine Pelmelay Blijf zoals je bent Dutch Stay where you are 15 45
05 Flag of Turkey Turkey Pan Bana Bana Turkish To me, to me 21 8
06 Flag of Belgium Belgium Ingeborg Door de wind Dutch Through the wind 19 13
07 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Live Report Why Do I Always Get It Wrong? English -- 2 130
08 Norway Norway Britt Synnøve Johansen Venners nærhet Norwegian The closeness of friends 17 30
09 Flag of Portugal Portugal Da Vinci Conquistador Portuguese Conqueror 16 39
10 Flag of Sweden Sweden Tommy Nilsson En Dag Swedish One day 4 110
11 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Park Café Monsieur French Mister 20 11
12 Flag of Denmark Denmark Birthe Kjær Vi maler byen rød Danish We're painting the town red 3 111
13 Flag of Austria Austria Thomas Forstner Nur ein Lied German Just a song 5 97
14 Flag of Finland Finland Anneli Saaristo La Dolce Vita Finnish The good life 7 76
15 France France Nathalie Pâque J'ai volé la vie French I stole life 8 60
16 Flag of Spain Spain Nina Nacida para amar Spanish Born to love 6 88
17 Flag of Cyprus Cyprus Fani Polymeri & Yiannis Savvidakis Apopse As Vrethoume Greek Let's meet tonight 11 51
18 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Furbaz Viver Senza Tei Romansh Live without you 13 47
19 Flag of Greece Greece Mariana Efstratiou To Dhiko Su Asteri Greek Your own star 9 56
20 Flag of Iceland Iceland Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson Það sem enginn sér Icelandic Where no one sees 22 0
21 Flag of Germany Germany Nino de Angelo Flieger German Flyers 14 46
22 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Riva Rock Me Croatian -- 1 137

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